World famous, The Butchart Gardens is open year round. In 1904, Jennie Butchart set about to transform a depleted limestone quarry on their property into a garden. (Her husband’s Portland cement company had abandoned it.) Eventually, Jennie and her staff of gardeners developed several other garden areas, covering almost half of the original 130 acre estate. And the family shared their glorious grounds with their friends and neighbours over the years. It is now a garden paradise with a variety [...]
photo by Binners photo by Binners From the early spring’s floral delights, to the world’s tallest single tree totem pole, the stone bridge built in 1889 over Goodacre Lake, the herons’ and eagles’ nests, the picturesque vistas, playing fields, and children’s petting zoo and splash pond Beacon Hill’s 184 oceanside acres formal gardens, rocky meadows and beachside paths offer many pleasures. photos by Binners photo by Binners photo by Binners The Children’s Petting Zoo where each [...]
An exceptional wander anytime. Formerly the Spencer family mansion home, which they donated to the city for the arts. More space was added later. Current exhibits include new exhibits The AGGV also houses the largest collection of works by Emily Carr, who herself was a native of Victoria. One of Carr’s most charming books, entitled, The Book of Small, is for sale at the original Emily Carr house, as well as at Munro’s Books, Victoria’s venerable and architecturally classic book [...]
This was once the private residence of the exiled Georgian Prince, Nicholas Abkhazi and his true love, Victoria native Marjorie Pemberton-Carter. They were reunited in 1946 after years of wartime separation and tragedy. And for 40 years they lovingly toiled on this one acre property, creating an amazing series of ponds, paths and vignettes, drifting down over the rocky outcroppings, and through the native Garry oak meadow, to the shady woodland garden below. After their passing, ownership eventually went to [...]
We loved our few days at Binners’ in Victoria. The food, the accommodations, the level of hospitality … all, over the top!
Beginning late August, the Fringe takes over dozens of theatre and non-traditional concert venues for a veritable banquet of performing arts productions … some silly, some funny, some thought-provoking, some too deep for words. There’ll be over 400 performances by alternative theatre companies from around Canada and the world. The Fringe is Vancouver Island’s largest theatre event and features dramatic theatre, comedy, drama, spoken word, and music. Shows will take place at 13 theatre and non-traditional theatre venues across town. [...]
Aged appliances have been replaced with a GE Profile Energy Star slide-in range, a Bosch energy and water saver tall tub dishwasher, and the Maytag high capacity, low water usage laundry system … these use less power, less water, less soap.
On a recent shopping trip, we came across an improvement on the high thread count standard sheet sets we use throughout the B&B and we will continue to replace sets with this fabulous new standard. 500 thread count pima cotton sheets sets (made in Portugal) unbelievably easy to iron and now ECO-friendly. There’s the white and the off-white (unbleached and natural fibres). Please write us for source and pricing info. Big hint … Macy’s